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Quotes From King Funeral

February 7, 2006

Comments from Tuesday’s funeral for Coretta Scott King in Lithonia, Ga.:

``Her journey was long and only briefly with a hand to hold, but now she leans on everlasting arms. In all her years, Coretta Scott King proved that a person of conviction and strength could also be a beautiful soul.″ _ President Bush.

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``For decades, she was the wind at our back as we worked to uphold civil rights laws.″ _ Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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``Who among us will join the freedom choir? Who among us will sing Coretta’s song with courage and conviction, to smother the cries of hatred economic exploitation, poverty and political disenfranchisement. For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for you and for me.″ _ Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

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``South Africa salutes her for her role in building an alliance that served to make freedom a reality for so many of us from around the world. Coretta’s spear has fallen. It is now our duty and our responsibility to pick it up.″ _ Adelaide Tambo, representing a delegation from South Africa.

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``They overcame one of the greatest challenges of life, which is to be able to wage a fierce struggle for freedom and justice and to do it peacefully.″ _ Former President Carter.

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``Let us not think about history. Let us make history and let us move forward.″ _ Dorothy Height, longtime chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women.

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``Our world is a kinder and gentler place because of Coretta Scott King.″ _ Former President Bush.

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``She was more than a woman. She was a vision, a destiny. ... We are celebrating the destiny and the vision. The dream is still alive. ... We are all in a better place, doing better things, doors have been opened.″ _ Bishop Eddie Long, leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where the funeral was held.

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``They understood that the difficulty of success does not relieve one of the obligation to try.″ _ Former President Clinton.

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